R.A.H. (againstathorn) wrote,

Romà Ribera - Epilogue for Masked Ball (circa 1891)

Tonight I will share 'Epilogue for Masked Ball' by Catalan painter Romà Ribera. This work depicts an early morning scene in which several people come to the aid of a masquerade ball patron who had apparently passed out on the sidewalk—or was possibly even assaulted—after the previous night's event. For those who are quick to associate a masked ball—or any other lively nightlife affair—with festivities, companionship and glamour, Ribera's painting provides a sobering perspective, illustrating the consequence of one's poor judgment, or just plain ol' bad luck, after such an occasion. One can only guess the story to which this "epilogue" serves, or the severity of the situation, but nonetheless this ambiguity is what makes the scene so intriguing. That said, the artist maintains a narrative that's fairly objective. refraining from passing judgment, which I find refreshing.
Tags: art for the month of june
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